Utrecht University
Understanding child development: from synapse to society
Utrecht University

Understanding child development: from synapse to society

Taught in English

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dr. Jorg Huijding

Instructor: dr. Jorg Huijding


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Beginner level
No prior experience required
28 hours to complete
3 weeks at 9 hours a week
Flexible schedule
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There are 6 modules in this course

After a general introduction to this MOOC, this week focuses on the developmental systems approach to understand development. We will illustrate how such an approach can be facilitated by introducing you to Dynamics of Youth, a strategic research theme of Utrecht University set up to foster interdisciplinary research on child and adolescent development.

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3 videos7 readings4 quizzes1 peer review

In the first week of this course, we explained the developmental systems approach and introduced you to Dynamics of Youth as an example of how this approach can be adopted in practice. Now it is time to dive into child development itself. This week, we will be focusing on two domains of development: the brain and motor control.

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5 videos6 readings3 quizzes

This week we will focus on cognitive development and how this affects how children think and act. You will see that information from the previous week, in which we discussed the development of the brain and motor skills, can be used to understand cognitive development.

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6 videos2 readings2 quizzes1 peer review

This week’s focus is on communication. As you will see, language development is tightly interwoven with cognitive development and as such is also closely related to brain and motor development.

What's included

5 videos3 readings3 quizzes

In this fifth week of the course, we will pay attention to social-emotional development.

What's included

5 videos3 readings2 quizzes

In this final week of this course, you will be challenged to fit it all together and see the big picture.

What's included

2 videos4 readings1 peer review


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dr. Jorg Huijding
Utrecht University
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